"What’s In A Theme??
Pride Committee Polls Community For 2003 Theme
Proposals Sought For Event Content

The Pride Committee are getting a jump on next year’s event and are asking the community for theme suggestions.

Pride President, Joshua Smith, said:

“2003 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of a number of important events in our communities’ histories, including the assassination of Harvey Milk and the creation of the Rainbow Flag. We welcome your theme suggestions. Be they bold or not so bold, racy or vanilla, this is your chance to show your colors. Don’t be shy!”

Members of the public can go to the committee’s website at http://www.sfpride.org/theme.htm and make their suggestions on-line. All suggestions will then be taken to a public meeting on 10.08.02 at the LGBT Community Center and voted upon. The deadline for registering a theme suggestion is 10.06.02. Recent themes have included “Be Yourself, Change the World” (2002), “Queerific” (2001) and “It’s About Freedom” (2000). The 2003 event marks the 25th anniversary of the Rainbow Flag, the Dykes on Bikes, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

The Pride Committee is also requesting proposals from would-be stage promoters. Anyone wishing to contribute to the program at the Celebration is invited to submit a proposal by going to http://www.sfpride.org/yourvoice/stage.htm and submitting a proposal. The deadline for completed proposals is November 22.

Commenting, Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington said:

“It is through this open process that the Latin Stage, Nectar (Women’s Stage), Soul of Pride Stage and Tantra Dance Stages have all come to fruition in recent years. If you feel the event is lacking something then this is your opportunity to tell us about it and help make it happen. That’s the way it should be, with these suggestions coming directly from the community.”

Next year is the 33rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and the Parade. The event is to be held over the June 28/29 weekend.

ENDS

For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at: (415) 864 0831